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Guide to the Time Inc. Architectural Forum and  House & Home Editorial Records:
Managing Editor Edgar P. Smith Files
 MS 3009-RG 12

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Historical Note

Architectural Forum was a professional journal focused on design and modern architecture acquired by Time Inc. in 1932. In 1952,  House & Home spun off from  Architectural Forum in order to focus on "those who plan, build, buy, sell, and finance new houses". Time Inc. internally referred to these magazines collectively as the Building Division. Due to the magazines' financial losses, Time Inc. sold  House & Home to McGraw‐Hill, Inc. and ceased publishing  Architectural Forum in 1964.


Elson, Robert T., and Duncan Norton-Taylor. 1973. The World of Time Inc.: The Intimate History of a Publishing Enterprise, 1941-1960. New York: Atheneum.

Huxtable, Ada Louise. "Architectural Forum Dropped." New York Times (New York, NY), May 28, 1964,

Biographical Note

Edgar P. Smith joined Time Inc. in 1946 as a Fortune writer. He was promoted to  Fortune Assistant Managaing Editor in 1952, and is credited with developing the "Annual Directory of the 500 Largest Corporations," also known as the Fortune 500. In 1957, he was appointed as the  Architectural Forum Managing Editor to work on its "reorganization and redirection."

In February 1959, Time Inc. President Roy Larsen announced Smith was transferring to the President's Office to work on several corporate special projects. The main project cited in his bio file is the acquisition of the textbook publishing firm Silver Burdett Co.

In 1962 Smith joined Time-Life Broadcasting, Inc. as a vice president in charge of broadcasting. He later worked on Time Inc.'s cable television interests and retired in 1975.


"Edgar Smith, 69, Dies; Retired Time Executive." New York Times (New York, NY), October 12, 1989,

Time Inc. Bio Files, MS 3009-RG 2, New-York Historical Society.